Saturday, Oct. 5 marked an eventful day in John Carroll University athletics. With the JCU football team forcing a shutout, the women’s tennis team decided to do the same against Ohio Wesleyan University, as the squad came home with a 9-0 victory, earning their second consecutive sweep.
The team’s first shutout victory came against Franciscan University on Sept. 28. The Blue and Gold kept their positive energy when they arrived in Delaware, Ohio on Saturday.
“We won because we worked hard and fought for each and every point,” sophomore Catherine Engel said.
Teaming up in a non-conference match, the Blue Streaks traveled to face off with the Battling Bishops. The two have not seen each other in competition in over 10 years.
Engel was a force to be reckoned with, losing only two points the entire day. In singles competition, she defeated OWU’s Meghan Guthrie in a shutout, 8-0.
Engel then teamed up with the number one singles player, sophomore Kyle Cousineau, in a doubles competition. The duo proceeded to roll over Guthrie and Harriet Watson, 8-2.
Engel’s teammates who followed her could not be stopped either.
All six Blue Streaks competitors defeated their opponents in singles competition. Among them were freshman Ivana Didovic, who won over Kristen Caja, 8-0. Freshman Katherine Devine (8-4), sophomore Anna Stein (8-2) and junior Hannah Baumwell (8-2) also helped in the winning effort.
Devine teammed up with Stein to defeat Whitney Lonnemann and Ellie Magner, 8-4, while freshmen Kelsie Doran and Josephine Miller crushed Ohio Wesleyan’s duo, 8-3.
Engel attributed much of the success to the team’s camaraderie.
“We have really good relationship as a team which I think really helps attribute to our success,” Engel said. “We all support each other regardless of win or loss. Sitting on the sidelines cheering each other on is a great motivator.”